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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB -- The musicians of the Louisville Orchestra met late Tuesday at the office of Local 11-637 of the American Federation of Musicians on Bardstown Road and voted unanimously by secret ballot to reject the most recent proposal submitted by management on November 11.
According to a news release from the Louisville Orchestra musicians, the proposals were reviewed over the weekend so that they could read and consider them thoroughly, and they were again explained at Monday's meeting.
"This evening the Orchestra found it necessary to vote down the latest contract proposal presented by the LOI," said musicians' chair Kim Tichenor. "And although we have a longstanding policy that we do not intend to vary from again, we decided to reveal that the vote was unanimous so that any doubts beings raised by LOI management and its allies as to the musicians' understanding and resolve could be allayed."
Since May, musicians with the Orchestra have been without a contract.
The musicians' union has asked for no fewer than 60 musicians on a permanent basis, while the Orchestra had never offered to have more than 55.
Tichenor says the musicians could "swallow the bitter pill of a pay cut" but said the Orchestra has "suffered tremendously under the current leadership."
Orchestra management has said it will seek replacements for the striking musicians.